Posted at 3:20 p.m., Sept. 19, 2014

Ex officio selected, starts term on board

For the first time, the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees has welcomed a student as a nonvoting member. The board had decided a student voice was necessary during meetings.

They decided that, after much deliberation, the Student Government Association (SGA) would select a fellow executive member for this position. Of three nominees, Keenan Carroll was selected as the ex officio member.

His job duty includes providing a student voice for the board, according to Jackson Craft, SGA president. Previously, an SGA member would provide a brief overview of student concerns without further participation. Now, the ex officio can participate in discussions on the student body’s behalf.

Because this is a new role, Carroll will receive on-the-job training throughout the next few weeks. Issues can be brought to Carroll’s attention through the SGA, which has a booth set up in the student services area as well as a Facebook page to receive input.

Similarly, important information from the trustees will be shared through SGA and brought to public attention through any fliers, promotions or advertisements they organize. Craft said he hoped this will vastly speed up the communication process; what could previously take a month to convey to students could now take a mere week. This could include issues such as campuswide voting availability, upcoming events or construction details. Craft said fellow community colleges have similar positions with beneficial results.